Antioch Bible Church began as a multi-ethnic home Bible study in Bellevue, Washington, led by Ken Hutcherson. When that Bible study reached 100 people in the first year, and when monthly relocations to larger homes could no longer accommodate the growth, it was evident God had a bigger plan in mind. After much prayer and planning, Antioch Bible Church opened its doors in October of 1984. Antioch was hailed as a “church for all people” where every aspect of church, from who would be in leadership to the varying styles of Sunday worship, would intentionally reflect and include the community it served. Citing Philippians 2:3-4, Pastor Hutch, Pastor Mark Webster and Pastor Dwight Englund encouraged the congregation to “regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
As a new and somewhat unsettling idea for many, Pastor Hutch wrote a book, “The Church: What we were meant to be” using the book of Acts in the hope of inspiring a national conversation about the church; how it looks, how it responds to an evolving culture, and how it serves. As a result, Antioch Bible Church became a nationally recognized leader in cross-cultural ministry.
Antioch's innovative commitment to multiethnic ministry paired with an unwavering commitment to the Bible-centered preaching of God's Word, consistently communicates a message of hope and grace to people in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe. Indeed, Antioch is "Black and White in a Grey World."
The First 30 Years of God's Blessing
As Antioch Bible Church continued to grow, the discussion about finding a “church home” was foremost on the minds of some. Meeting in a high school where set up and tear down was a weekly event had its drawbacks. After much prayer, the decision was reached that Antioch’s primary focus would continue to be people first, programs second and building third. Because Antioch does not own a building, benevolence has been a cornerstone of ministry – both within the congregation and in the community.
Through "no fee" adoptions, world-wide missions, medical relief, our holistic approach to drug and alcohol recovery, and prison outreach, Antioch is impacting and infusing the culture with time-honored values and standards.
The Next Chapter
After battling prostate cancer for more than a decade, Pastor Hutch passed away on December 18, 2013. After a time of tremendous grief and uncertainty, the leadership at Antioch is more convinced than ever that God has a wonderful plan for Antioch, and that "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ."
Antioch has always been an elder led church and we continue to stay true to that biblical model. Pastor Hutch and Pastor Mark, having laid the solid foundation, has allowed Antioch to successfully move ahead.